Jury acquits man of attempted murder

AN ANGMERING man charged with the attempted murder of a man in Rustington was found not guilty by a jury, on Friday, March 7.

Gareth Healey, 25, was cleared of the attempted murder of his housemate at a warden’s home in Oakhurst Gardens, Rustington.

During the court case, at Brighton Crown Court, unemployed Mr Healey, of Meadowside, was also acquitted of grievous bodily harm with intent.

He was initially arrested and charged after a fight broke out with others he shared a house with, on September 14 last year.

A 52-year-old man suffered several life-threatening stab wounds but has since recovered from his injuries.

Healey himself was also injured in the affray.

Detective Inspector Rob Walker, of Sussex Police, said the force accepted the jury’s decision.

DI Walker said: “The victim suffered serious stab wounds when it appears a drunken argument led to a fight in the house. Gareth Healey was also injured.

“We investigated and put the evidence before the court and accept the verdict of the jury.”